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The High Holidays are a busy time for everyone in Israel, but the excitement is especially palpable for kids and teens. It’s not just the anticipation of the new year of Rosh HaShanah, the deep spirituality of Yom Kippur, or even the weeklong vacation for Sukkot. No, it’s exciting because this is also the time when all of Israel’s youth movement counselors visit schools in order to recruit the younger generations to become campers.

Standing at the southern overview of Jerusalem, I have said these words countless times, having had the privilege to join countless travelers to Israel on their journey of a lifetime. 

How do we respond to the media coverage of Israel, some of which is accurate but much of which is outrageously slanted and distorted? How do we deal with our own confusions about Israel when trying to talk to our kids? Here are four principles to consider for guiding your discussion with children.

How much do you know about Israel? Take this quiz, created by the folks at NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement.

The Mimouna festival was emblematic of respect and coexistence whereby the Muslims of Morocco would reach out to their Jewish neighbors in a gesture of harmony, goodwill, and solidarity. 

When Abby moves with her family to Israel, she misses her grandmother and remembers the fun they had with each other. Writing to each other helps, but it isn’t the same as spending time together. Abby grows more and more acclimated to Israel, but never stops thinking of her grandmother, especially while she waits for the first rain.

“Religion is a vision or ideal of life. Politics is a method.” – Stephen S. Wise

Learn about Israel's history and culture with Grover and friends in these Shalom Sesame videos, and engage with your children using the discussion ideas and activities.

Temple Har Zion is proud to be part of the Ontario Government Jewish Heritage Month initiative. Our Shinshinim will host a special Jewish Heritage Month Israel Culture Club, highlighting "Stereotypes Associated with Israel." 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

We are challenged to reconcile many conflicting thoughts and emotions as we hear daily of the ongoing conflict in Israel. Strong and heartfelt as our commitment is to the security of Israel, we experience a sense of grief at the ongoing violence and over the loss of life in Israel, as well as among Palestinians.

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